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The Road of Danger (RCN)
The Road of Danger (RCN)
by David Drake
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.75
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed my first entry to the series, will look for more of them., November 23, 2012
This was my first foray into Drake's RCN series. That made the confusion on political leanings understandable and I didn't mind that. The constant repeating of what Tovara's tendencies was a downer, as were some of the other comments. They detracted from a fairly light and enjoyable story.

I enjoyed the book in spite of its challenges and will look for some earlier ones to see if they are better. My reading is for fun and this fit the bill.


Shipping Greatness: Practical lessons on building and launching outstanding software, learned on the job at Google and Amazon
Shipping Greatness: Practical lessons on building and launching outstanding software, learned on the job at Google and Amazon
by Chris Vander Mey
Edition: Paperback
Price: $18.62
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for growing Project Managers!, November 10, 2012
"Shipping Greatness" can help get your thought process kickstarted. In the enterprise software field it is easy to get bogged down in doing the same things and getting the same unsatisfactory results. Chris let's you take advantage of his career to seed your creativity and find new ways to ship good stuff. It is not the "Dungeon Master's Guide" but more Gygax's "Role-Playing Mastery". You need some experience to see the value in the ideas and enough courage to take some risks.


Programming in Go: Creating Applications for the 21st Century (Developer's Library)
Programming in Go: Creating Applications for the 21st Century (Developer's Library)
by Mark Summerfield
Edition: Paperback
Price: $35.96
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5 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Written for experienced programmers., June 30, 2012
I've learned several programming languages from books but "Programming in Go" is a tedious read. The author seems very well versed in idiomatic Go and I have a high confidence in his technical skills. However, an introductory book should be able to get you into the language quickly. You can learn the idioms later.

If you are an intermediate Go or experienced C/C++ programmer already then this is probably a great book for you. My personal hope is that there's a second edition with language more suited for the early Go student. Go as a language is the "next big thing" and Mark is poised to help people get involved.


The Three Big Questions for a Frantic Family: A Leadership Fable About Restoring Sanity To The Most Important Organization In Your Life
The Three Big Questions for a Frantic Family: A Leadership Fable About Restoring Sanity To The Most Important Organization In Your Life
by Patrick Lencioni
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read, great to know!, May 18, 2012
Pat put together a story that reaches many of us, from "busy every night" families to "not going where we want to go" families. The concepts are easy to understand and fun to think through. When you start answering the questions there are those "why didn't I think of that?" and "this is fun!" moments. Having a clear vision of what you want to accomplish in the near term really helps guide time commitments and spending decisions.

The book took a couple hours to read and another hour or so to explain to my spouse. We're working the program and in a short time I've already caught myself weighing choices against what I've said the number one goal is. This is good change for life!
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Itil® Foundation Complete Certification Kit - Study Book and eLearning Program - 4th edition
Itil® Foundation Complete Certification Kit - Study Book and eLearning Program - 4th edition
by Ivanka Menken
Edition: Paperback
Price: $99.97
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5.0 out of 5 stars One stop shop for passing the exam!, May 14, 2012
When I started studying ITIL I had access to some web-sites and a very boring video. Then I found The Art of Service's Training and Program and it blew me away! The book was clearly written and the videos were to the point. I was able to go through their material and pass the exam on the first try! Very highly recommended and I look for The Art of Service's material first when I'm checking out new certifications.


The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business
The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business
by Patrick Lencioni
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $16.50
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear directions to focus on a critical need, May 13, 2012
Patrick Lencioni's "The Advantage" provides concrete information and action steps to improve organizational health. Health, as an organization, is a critical factor in corporate success. Those who have suffered through pointless meetings, heard the "slogan of the month" after the managers came from an expensive off-site to explain why expenses have to be reduced, or gone to work where they felt devalued and powerless can easily relate. While the book seems written to the CEO or leadership team I found most of it can also relate to an individual. Each of us individually guides the "company" that is ourselves and those we influence on a daily basis. Knowing why we exist, what our goals and strategies are, and how to be openly honest with others is a big step above the average. Given the world finanical difficulties and the negative impacts on our societies, those who have and spread clarity will be valued.


Risk Happens!: Managing risk and avoiding failure in business projects
Risk Happens!: Managing risk and avoiding failure in business projects

5.0 out of 5 stars Very good for a beginning Project Manager!, April 18, 2012
In "Risk Happens:Managing Risk and Avoiding Failure in Business Projects" author Mike Clayton clearly spells out several ways to look at and deal with risk. His writing is easy to read and to the point and there are a good number of graphics to ensure the statements made are well communicated. As a new project manager I found Mike's points easy to understand yet I realize that my risk management skills will only grow with practice. He's given me several things to apply to my current projects and I look forward to more success!


The Myths of Innovation
The Myths of Innovation
by Scott Berkun
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.59
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5.0 out of 5 stars "If I can make it better...", October 27, 2010
Ever wanted permission to passionately explore something at work or play at a new challenge? Maybe fail a few (dozen) times without any real loss of face? Scott's exposure of innovation strips away the unhuman saintliness of the moment and exposes the hours of dedication and rejection that come before and after most real innovations. He releases us from the illusion that progress must be immediately game-changing, earth-shattering, and other hyphen-accentuated superlatives.

More than once the reader is admonished to do and to create; not just to consume. Creative success comes to market birthed from experimentation, wonder, failure, and perseverance. This book deserves a good read and a long review. I've given it the first but am inspired to implement it more than blather about it. If you'll excuse me, I'm overdue some creative adventure.


Web Operations: Keeping the Data on Time
Web Operations: Keeping the Data on Time
by John Allspaw
Edition: Paperback
Price: $32.74
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Post-Graduate Level Internet Support, August 23, 2010
Think of this book as a post-graduate level "Introduction to Internet Support". The authors advocate all those things experienced technicians know make the real difference; metrics, disaster planning, cross-team communication...the list goes on and on.

If you're a technician, read this book and start working the practices. Graph some performance, spend time with the coders, think through how you might deal with double or triple your current traffic or server load. You will become the "go to" person when there are questions and your career will get a lot more fun!

At the (Project) Manager level? Buy copies for everyone on your team and start enabling them. Focus on one or two avenues and break down the barriers to effective efficiency. Demonstrate the advantages to your senior managment so they green light bigger, more challenging tasks. Find those one or two folks whose minds are open to the possibilities and give them a copy of Making Things Happen: Mastering Project Management (Theory in Practice (O'Reilly)). Expect others to look to you for advice.

This isn't a "Try this code" sort of book! There's a bit of challenge if you go to work, ask about metrics, and get blank stares. Challenge...opportunity...options. Read the book, find what really excites you, and go make things better.


Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training, 2nd Edition
Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training, 2nd Edition
by Mark Rippetoe
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Detailed information on basic exercises., January 1, 2010
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Mark Rippetoe provides exhaustive but not exhausing instruction. Covered are the squat, the bench press, the deadlift, the press, and the power clean. Each exercise has it's own chapter; exercises are illustrated, explained, given alternatives, and potential problems discussed. Extra chapters cover assistive exercises and workout programming. The author uses exercise specific terminology about 5% of the time. Even if you don't know the meaning the context helps. If you are an exercise professional then you can get a deeper understanding of the mechanics. Mark's focus on the basics of strength training really positions you for advanced sport specific activities. Whether for general health or professional athletics, "Starting Strength" is informative and engaging.


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